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Mohamed's Ghosts: An American Story Of Love and Fear in the Homeland Hardcover – Apr 6 2010

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Nation Books (April 6 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568584288
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568584287
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.9 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
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Philadelphia Inquirer
“[A] sympathetic, eloquent account.”

“Salisbury is a skilled investigative journalist.”

About the Author

Stephan Salisbury is the senior cultural writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer where he has been a reporter for three decades. He has covered everything from the Pennsylvania prison system, unrest in Ireland and Eastern Europe, the coup in Turkey, to the culture wars in the United States and disruptions of American life in the wake of September 11, 2001. He has received numerous awards and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize as part of an Inquirer team investigating local election fraud in 1995. He is married to the painter, Jennifer Baker; they have a daughter and a son.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bdf7084) out of 5 stars Absolutely a must read! April 25 2010
By Josephine - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This incredible story uncovers the hidden costs of the domestic war on terror. It asks the tough questions -- what kind of democracy have we become when the instruments of war are the commonplace and accepted realities of everyday life? Who is the enemy? Informers are in places of worship and in ordinary neighborhoods; laws and regulations are manipulated, employed not so much to protect as to give the appearance of protection; neighborhoods have been decimated in New York and Philadelphia, in California and elsewhere as people have fled in fear or have been snagged in dragnets and shipped out of the country; use of solitary confinement and humiliation of Muslims, many not even charged with crimes, in U.S. jails has become virtually routine. And lurking behind it all is the anti-immigrant passion that broke out in awful violence in the immediate aftermath of Sept. 11th and which has festered around the country to this day. That's the backdrop. But the emotional punch comes from the author's intimate and painstaking portraits of the families, the husbands, wives and children caught in the web of the federal government's prosecution of supposed terror cases. Mohamed Ghorab, arrested, for no real reason, in front of his daughter's whole school early one morning, is hustled away without criminal charge, never to return home. His wife, Meriem, tries frantically to hold together mosque, family, life itself. Her American daughter is consumed with humiliation and anger. The family flies apart like a broken vessel. Then there is the poignant story of the love of Atef and Rrahime, their marriage transformed into something ominous in the minds of prosecutors, and utterly destroyed. This brilliantly written book calls into question the fundamental basis of our statehood and highlights like never before what it means for a society to be based on fear. For those who think that abuses and extreme actions in the name of national security are confined to particular administrations or are somehow a partisan issue, this is more than a corrective. The author and his father, both journalists, dealt with virtually the same kinds of issues. Their family house was burglarized by police looking for political evidence as early as 1940. In the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, government and police agencies gathered information on the family ,and father and son found their names on various sinister government lists. A must read.
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HASH(0x9bdf71b0) out of 5 stars Devastating! May 2 2010
By J. Levin - Published on Amazon.com
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Mohamed's Ghosts: An American Story of Love and Fear in the Homeland is a powerful and moving investigation into how the `war on terror' descended on a small mosque in a poor Philadelphia neighborhood. The devastation the follows in the wake of frivolous Federal charges and minor immigrations transgressions destroys individuals, families and a community. This indictment of political repression and paranoia is all the more effective because it focuses on one obscure case. The story is methodically told, with heart and passion, by a skilled journalist.
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HASH(0x9bdbc360) out of 5 stars A startling revelation recommended for any collection Jan. 21 2011
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
MOHAMED'S GHOSTS: AN AMERICAN STORY OF LOVE AND FEAR IN THE HOMELAND tells of an imam in a working-class Philadelphia neighborhood whose congregation became the subject of scrutiny by federal agents who arrested him and stormed his mosque. Terrorizing its members and holding Mohamed Ghorab without criminal charges for eighteen months before he gave up his fight against deportation, this attracted the attention of journalist Stephan Salisbury, who chronicles civil rights abuses in the War on Terror in a startling revelation recommended for any collection.
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HASH(0x9be02ccc) out of 5 stars Surveillance of Muslims in the United States Continues! Dec 29 2011
By David Vickery - Published on Amazon.com
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Although the book Mohamed's Ghosts was published in 2010,scrutiny of ordinary Muslims living in the United States has not abated, as evidenced by recent protests against FBI activities in New York City.

At the time of 9/11 and until summer of 2003, I was actually living in the Middle East, the West Bank of Palestine to be precise. For that reason I was NOT subjected to the constant televised drumbeat of anti-Muslim propaganda that most westerners were exposed to for years.

I found Stephan Salisbury's book both informative and quite shocking at times, given that I had had years of experience living and working with Muslims in Palestine and had come to empathize with their struggle to some extent, and I should point out that at no point did I ever feel in danger.

Even now, at the end of 2011, I find the thinking of many Americans puzzling to say the least, when it comes to the subject of Muslims and Islam. They could well benefit from reading Mohamed's Ghosts; those with an open mind, that is.
HASH(0x9be02ce4) out of 5 stars good quality purchase Aug. 3 2015
By YZ - Published on Amazon.com
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